Red Dot Parenting



It’s not easy being a parent of sporty kids. On an almost daily basis kids go through ups and downs in training and competition and as a parent, it can be challenging to know how to help – “I wasn’t selected again mum and I’m not sure I want to play anymore”.

In Red dot parenting, Tony Stanger shows parents what they can do to help when these moments happen. Parents are NOT the coach. But they do have a crucial role in supporting the learning of their kids. The author draws on years of experience as an elite athlete, talent systems expert and father of 3 sporty kids. He is passionate about helping parents to better understand their role in supporting their children to reach their sporting potential.

This is a book for parents of kids at any level who love sport and want to get as much out of it as they can. Parents will learn the danger of young people having too much early success and being ‘labelled’ a superstar junior. The book explains why kids who are not so good when they are young are often the ones who have the best chance of long-term success.

Based on robust science yet easy to read, this book is full of tips and ideas parents can put into practice straight away to build on the things they already do well. The evidence tells us parents are crucial in children achieving their goals in sport, this book explains what they can do to help.

Red Dot Parenting is available for purchase as an eBook via Amazon.  Paperback versions are available for purchase from a range of on-line retailers or all good book stores.

11 reviews for Red Dot Parenting

  1. UK Customer (paperback version)

    This is a great book! It’s been really helpful for me as someone who never did much sport as a kid to help and support my son navigate the various ups and downs sport can bring.

  2. UK Customer (digital version)

    A really good read with lots of practical examples to help us support our children not just on the playing fields but in the classroom too!

  3. UK Customer (paperback version)

    An important read for parents! A great read that put everything into perspective as a parent of a performance swimmer who is still small against his peers and is struggling a little. I totally am at ease now and get its process versus outome.

  4. UK Customer (paperback version)

    Great book, I would highly recommend this book to all parents not just those with sporty kids. Easy to read with lots of practical examples on how best to support your kids so that they can be the best they can possibly be.

  5. UK Customer (paperback version) (verified owner)

    Delighted this book is now available in paperback. For me I found this to be an incredible and useful parenting book, I have read a number of parenting books and feel it leaves the likes of Gina Ford and her advice standing! I know I will refer back to Red Dot Parenting many times as I continue to support my daughter in her chosen sport and as she navigates her teenage years.

  6. UK Customer (paperback version) (verified owner)

    I really love this book. It is concise and easy to follow yet packed with good practical advice on how to help our children achieve their full potential in a balanced, supportive and constructive way. While the focus of the advice and the illustrations given are based on sport, there is no doubt that the skills and behaviours described are transferrable to all aspects of parenting. I particularly like the sections on guided questioning, and the power of ‘yet’. I would strongly recommend this to all parents – not just those with sporty kids.

  7. UK Customer (digital version) (verified owner)

    This is a highly readable book containing clear and practical advice. Tony includes lots of examples and writes in a conversational tone which makes the content both easy to absorb and to retain. He has taken a lot of research based evidence from Carol Dweck and others and put it into a format that is highly accessible. Although written primarily for parents of ‘sporty kids’, the content is relevant to anyone interested in helping others (or themselves) to maximise achievements and realise full potential. Highly recommended.

  8. UK Customer (digital version)

    This was a great read – took less than 2 hours although I will refer to it frequently. Evidence based and very well written and full of easy to digest ideas and guidance for parents. I can think of so many people who need to read this. Many of the principles will also transfer to business.

  9. UK Customer (digital version)

    A very practical and engaging way of guiding parents to support their kids in a highly effective way. Tony seems to make the science and research behind the concepts in the book understandable and accessible, allowing for quick use with temperamental kids.
    This is a concise and engaging read. Buy it!

  10. UK Customer (digital version)

    A great read and reminder from Tony about the importance of the language we use in helping our Children reach their true potential. Tony is an expert in this area and has brought together the learnings he has taken from many experts in this field and written it in a simple yet effective way that should help any parent support their child as they progress through their teenage years. As a full time coach as well as being parent of two teenage children it was a great reminder of some of the fundamentals in helping your child grow. I would recommend this book to both parents, teachers and coaches as it has something in for everyone.

  11. UK Customer (digital version)

    Excellent book that succinctly explains the background and practically how a parent can support and help a child reach their sporting potential. There is an easy read across to all aspects of helping children develop their approach to homework, education, music and drama.

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